If you’re keeping score, I’m working on a new album.

So far I’ve recorded: drums (thanks Tim!), bass (thanks Joel!), acoustic guitar, lead vocals, some piano, and some background vocals. The one big instrument I haven’t tracked yet is electric guitar.

I’m getting ready to knock those tracks out in the next few days, and as I prepare for that, I figured I’d share with you a bunch of ways NOT to prepare for a guitar session.

(Sometimes it’s just more effective to teach what NOT to do rather than what TO do.)

So, here we go…here are 7 ways to be really poorly prepared for an electric guitar session.

  1. DON’T change your strings. Everybody knows new strings sound harsh. If you can actually have strings that are MONTHS old, you’ll be glad you left ’em on.
  2. DON’T practice parts beforehand. This is especially true if you’re more of an acoustic guitarist than an electric guitarist. Just wing it. You’ll be fine.
  3. DON’T bother with good cables. It’s an old wives’ tale that nicer cables sound any better than cheaper cables. Heck, go as cheap as possible.
  4. DON’T have the guitar set up properly. If you’ve got a new guitar, fresh from the music store, it sounds as good as it ever will. No need to have it set up. You’ll only make it worse.
  5. Plan to record as many takes as possible. This works especially well if you really nail #2. Any mistakes can be covered up by doubling the part 4 or 12 times. If one track sounds amazing, a dozen or so will be EPIC. Trust me.
  6. Get your distortion pedals ready. If you’re gonna double every part multiple times, then you’ll definitely need a hefty amount of overdrive or distortion on those tracks. That’s how you keep ’em sounding full. When in doubt, crank it up a little more.
  7. Don’t worry about dialing in great tone. They have plugins for that.

So, there you go. Surefire way to make sure those electric guitar tracks sound like poop.

Speaking of poopy guitars, you still have through the weekend to enter to win a free ticket to my new Recording Electric Guitar class.

Head over here to enter.

Tickets go on sale bright and early Monday morning. 9am Central time.